And so it begins. I've begun plodding along on hand-quilting my grandma's quilt.
I took a field trip to a quilt shop not far from my house, and the women working there were very helpful. They said the block is a variation on a carpenter's block.
No, I'm not really sewing outside in the 90-degree heat. I just hauled it outside for photographic purposes.
The quilt shop ladies helped me pick out a backing. They said that a plain cream muslin to match the background would be historically appropriate, so I went with that. For the binding, I picked this peachy solid. It's hard to tell from this picture, but it's just about an exact match to the peach in the quilt. (It's an Amy Butler solid...not sure of the name.)
Now. I have to admit I was not enjoying the hand-quilting at first. It's hard, and it hurts my fingers. Waaaaaaah. So I quit for about 24 hours and then started up again. I switched from hand-quilting thread to perle cotton and stuck on some thimbles, and I'm enjoying it much more. I really like the look of the perle cotton too.
I found two really helpful resources: these hand-quilting videos on Amy ala Mode's blog, and this post on Anna Maria Horner's blog.
I had big plans for the plain cream squares, but I'm going to switch to something a little simpler. That way, I might finish before my 3-year-old graduates from high school.